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Smithsonian Digital Learning and Engagement Internship

Smithsonian Affiliations, in collaboration with the Emerson Collective, Smithsonian Institution, and its Smithsonian Affiliates offers the Smithsonian Digital Learning and Engagement Internship to rising college sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are committed to helping communities, are passionate about social justice, and are driven to accelerate positive impact in our world. For both hybrid and in-person internships, students will work together in small teams to create digital educational resources on the Smithsonian Learning Lab platform that help dive deeper into complex issues through the lens of five topic areas: Race and social justice Conservation and climate change Women’s history Community health and Covid-19 vaccine education Changing American narrative (immigration, civics, media, education) Interns will have access to the breadth and depth of Smithsonian and Affiliate resources, meet with Smithsonian leaders, and gain an understanding of how museums and cultural organizations are vital in providing platforms to discuss, understand, and solve some of the biggest challenges facing the world today. Interns will also participate in enrichment programming with Emerson Collective, designed to develop leadership capacity and build professional networks. Students participating in an in-person internship at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. will work with one of its museums, resource or cultural centers, libraries, and/or other offices. Students will be housed at the George Washington University and be required to be on-site four days per week at their assigned Smithsonian location for the summer internship to complete site-specific work. In-person interns will have the opportunity to participate in Smithsonian-wide internship activities and events in addition to enrichment activities scheduled by the Emerson Collective, and any virtual programming being offered throughout the summer. Students participating in a hybrid internship will be paired with a Smithsonian Affiliate organization geographically near the student’s physical location. Students will be required to be on-site for two-weeks during the internship to participate in hands-on activities related to their Learning Lab projects, meet with, and learn from Affiliate mentors, and participate in any on-site enrichment activities. The remainder of the internship will be virtual. In addition, hybrid interns will have the opportunity to participate in virtual enrichment programs provided by the Emerson Collective and Smithsonian Institution. To apply for this internship, you will need to register for an account with the Smithsonian online academic appointments system (SOLAA) and apply through the Smithsonian Digital Learning and Engagement Internship.

How to Apply

To apply for this internship, you will need to register for an account with the Smithsonian online academic appointments system (SOLAA) and apply through the Smithsonian Digital Learning and Engagement Internship. Please gather your material prior to beginning your application in order to easily upload and submit all your materials. All required components of an application must be submitted on time for your application to be considered “complete.” We do not allow for extensions; be sure to accommodate enough time to double check your application to ensure that it is correct and complete. All interns must fully commit to participating in the internship, 4 days per week, from June 13- August 5, 2022. This application will close when SOLAA receives 300 applications or at midnight on February 4, 2022, whichever comes first. Apply early! Required application material Resume Cumulative GPA (Make sure to add your cumulative GPA to the Current Affiliation section in SOLAA). Reference (one) (Make sure you click the envelope icon to generate an email in the Reference section in SOLAA) Learning goals essay that answers each of these questions: Tell us your story. What experiences, ideas, thoughts, skills, talents, and/or adventures have shaped you? (300 words maximum) How do you see yourself contributing to society in the future? (300 words maximum) Tell us about a particular social justice issue that you have explored or would like to explore that speaks to your passions, professional or personal interests. (300 words maximum) Tell us how a learning experience with the Smithsonian will help you with your future personal development and career goals (300 words maximum

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